Ontario students celebrate Canada’s 150 at York U

TORONTO, Thursday, June 8 – Some 70 students from across the province will show how Canadian history impacts them this Saturday at York University as part of a special sesquicentennial Ontario Provincial Heritage Fair.

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will address the students and view their winning projects. The participating students, from Grade 4 to 10, were selected from across Ontario, many of which participated in Regional Heritage Fairs. Thirty of the delegates are Ontario’s representatives in the national Young Citizens program, offered by Canada’s History.

The young citizens created videos that show the historical significance of a place, person or event from Canada’s rich past. The national launch of the online component of the program will take place June 12, but visitors to the Provincial Heritage Fair can preview them.

The young historians will share in a celebration of Ontario’s rich multi-cultural history and heritage over the course of three days, June 9 to 11, while in Toronto, visiting key community sites.

WHAT: 2017 Ontario Provincial Heritage Fair

WHERE: Founders Assembly Hall, Founders College, Keele campus, York University (see number 50 on the map)

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, from 10:30am to noon

WHO: Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and 70 students from across the province

This year’s fair sponsors include Canada150@York, the Ontario government’s Ontario150 program, the Ontario Power Generation, Canada's History and its partners, Canadian Heritage and Great West Life, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation, and the Ontario History and Geography Consultants’ Association. The event is organized by the Department of History in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York U, the Archives of Ontario, and partners.

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